The Future of Television Review is the CRTC's Make or Break Moment
It’s actually not an overstatement to say that some of these changes – the end of simultaneous substitution, opening the doors to foreign channels – could destroy the Canadian TV industry as we know it. The question is would that be a bad thing. Protectionism and simultaneous substitution have kept Canadian broadcasters in the thrall of US media companies, dependent on US imports for the vast majority of their business. But making the wrong moves could result in, say, a range of US channels on the dial and no Canadian, with thousands of jobs lost.
The CRTC needs to come up with a way to encourage the creation and widespread consumption of homegrown content.